"Why do they shut me out of heaven?" to be performed at Coe

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2008-08-26 08:28:16 - General

"Why do they shut me out of heaven?", a multi-media program combining music and dance, will be presented on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe College campus. The event is free and open to the public, with no tickets required.

Coe music faculty members Margie Marrs and Sharon Kay Stang will perform 12 settings of Emily Dickinson's poetry in songs by American composers Aaron Copeland, Robert Baksa, Vincent Persichetti and John Duke. Poems selected by these composers include common themes found in Dickinson: heaven, nature, life and death. The Esther and Robert Armstrong Professor of Rhetoric Robert Marrs will provide commentary on the life and poetry of Dickinson.

Choreography for seven of the 12 songs was commissioned especially for this performance. Penny Askew, artistic director of the Western Oklahoma Ballet Theatre, set the works for dancer Kristin Marrs, who performed at Coe earlier this year in a program by the Columbus Dance Theatre.

The event is sponsored by Friends of Music at Coe. For more information, call 399-8521.